A recent survey commissioned by Abbott and developed in conjunction with the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging – a nonprofit dedicated to the health and well-being of older adults – which provided expert, independent review, found that while 70 percent of Americans are concerned about muscle loss, the majority are not taking action to maintain muscle health.
Nearly nine in 10 people think feeling weaker is one of the worst parts of aging, and 90 percent of Americans over the age of 45 are not taking critical steps, like making both daily exercise and proper nutrition part of their daily routines, to protect their muscle health as they get older.
Why is muscle health important? Clinical research shows that starting at age 40, the body can lose eight percent of muscle per decade, which can lead to loss of strength, mobility and the freedom to enjoy daily life. Explore the findings of the recent survey of Americans’ perceptions of muscle loss below.